See, I didn't meet him on the set of a Toyota commercial, or while traveling to San Francisco where he lives. I met him on the campus of Essex Community College in Baltimore, Maryland. Because he, like me, was there to see his father perform in a community theater production.
Now, I don't know John Rowe's history with acting, but I know Thom Peters'. In high school, my dad discovered the stage and continued to pursue his love in college by majoring in drama. He even embarked on a graduate degree in play writing, but left early to come home to my mom and start a family. Dad left acting behind shortly thereafter and while he would occasionally recite Shakespeare and continued to religiously recognize the birthday of the great bard, his days of playing Macbeth were done.
But about six years ago, something must have bit him in the butt. Maybe old Willy Shakes himself appeared to him in a dream. My dad decided, after a nearly thirty year hiatus, to audition again.
The first few auditions didn't result in any parts, but he persevered until the right part came along. Four summers ago he landed a leading role in two different plays and I got to see my daddy on stage! It was thrilling to finally watch him do something he had always loved. It was as if I got to meet my own father again for the first time.
Since then, my dad has performed in several more plays and I have eagerly attended each one. And one of those times, I got to meet Mike Rowe. Because he, like me, is just a good kid from Baltimore who is very proud of his dad.
|The 2013 cast of "Social Security" at Essex's Cockpit in Court. |
My dad is wearing a red tie. Mike Rowe's dad is wearing a bow tie.
Read a review of the show here.
|Mike Rowe and me after the performance.|